20 September 2008
Young Merlin is sent by his mother from their village to start a better life in Camelot, where he is apprenticed to Gaius, the physician to the repressive King Uther, who believes magic is evil and punishable by death. When Gaius realizes that Merlin has magical, telekinetic powers he agrees to keep the boy's secret. Uther has just executed a sorcerer, whose mother comes to Camelot in the guise of a pretty girl who charms the court to sleep with her singing. Only Merlin sees what is happening and stays awake, saving the situation without being exposed as a warlock. As a reward he is promoted to valet to Uther's son, Arthur.
Season 1, Episode 2: Valiant27 September 2008
King Uther Pendragon holds an annual tournament, where Prince Arthur Pendragon is to defend his title against other knights of the realm. Sir Valiant comes with a magic secret weapon: a shield from which the painted poisonous serpents can come to life and attack (Sir Valiant also murdered it's creator). Nursing snake-poisoned knight Ewan, Merlin finds out that's why the vile knight defeats adversaries as easily as Arthur (whom he informs). By the time the prince challenges Valiant, the only 'worthy' witness has died (by more serpentine magic), a servant's word is worthless against a knight: Arthur is furious to be humiliated, seeming scared, and fires Merlin. After enigmatic encouragement from the Great Dragon, Merlin decides against giving up- it's high time to resort to the magic from the book Gaius gave our hero.
4 October 2008
The dark sorceress Nimueh casts a spell on a dragon egg she throws into the castle's water. The next day a plague causes people to die, their skin turns white with dark blue veins. King Uther orders prince Arthur to search all Camelot for the sorcerer he believes to have caused the epidemic - only a magic trick saves Merlin from having his book found. When Gwen's father exhibits symptoms, Merlin waves Gaius's warning by curing him. However, when Arthur reports the recovery Uther orders her execution at the stake. Merlin tells Gwen's caring mistress, Morgana, only Arthur can help him fight the monster (an afanc), which they search for in the dragon's cave.
11 October 2008
While Camelot prepares to celebrate peace with Mercia's visiting prince Bayard, Nimueh forges a poisoned chalice and places it at the royal table where Arthur is to have his cup filled by Merlin. Then the sorceress warns the page-magician, blaming Bayard, so king Uther makes Merlin test the drink from the goblet (as he is a 'disposable' servant). Gaius diagnoses a fatal poison; the only cure is from a flower which grows only in certain caves, but the perilous journey to it may take too long. Arthur bravely rides, although Uther forbids him to 'risk a king' for a pawn. Nimueh plays the local damsel in distress and guide, to make sure Arthur is fully exposed to horrible monsters; but even on his deathbed Merlin conjures a magical aid. When Arthur brings the flower, Uther jails his disobedient heir and refuses to have it brought to Gaius, but now, courtier ingenuity helps out endangered magic.
Season 1, Episode 5: Lancelot18 October 2008
Merlin would have been killed by a giant griffin (half eagle, half lion) if it hadn't been for valiant Lancelot, who bravely attacked it and got them safely away. Learning Lancelot's life dream is to become a knight, grateful Merlin brings him to court, and when told only noblemen may apply magically forges proof of nobility. Lancelot passes hazing and close combat tests against prince Arthur, but is found out as commoner and jailed. When the griffon attacks Camelot, even inside the royal castle, the knights' arms prove unable to penetrate the monster. Arthur frees Lancelot, and magically helps him triumph where all knighthood fails miserably, but will Uther hear Arthur's plea to allow the best sword to serve in chivalry against his law?
25 October 2008
Royal ward Morgana falls ill with an unidentified brain disease Gaius can't cure after receiving lilies collected by unsuspecting Gwen. The mysterious healer, Edwin, proves that his 'remedy to cure all ills' seemingly helps her, but actually removes the cursed black beetle that hid in the lilies. Grateful king Uther lets Gaius go to instate Edwin as new court physician. Gaius gets court archivist Geoffrey to allow him illegal access to the sealed records of Uther's purge of magic, proving Edwin's parents were executed as black sorcerers. After consulting the dragon, who says he must choose whether Arthur and Merlin's time has come, and a threat from Edwin to expose Merlin's magic, Gaius tells Merlin, the 'son he never had', that the time has come and steps down. Edwin now uses another beetle to condemn Uther to an agonizing death like his parents, but takes one monumental risk: a duel of magic with 'mere novice' Merlin.
1 November 2008
Arthur rescues the elderly Aulfric and his pretty daughter Sophia from being robbed and they are welcomed at Camelot. Indeed Arthur falls in love with Sophia and they plan to elope. Morgana is very worried for she has had a recurring dream in which Sophia drowns Arthur. She confides in Gaius and Merlin, who realize that she is a potential magician with the power of prophecy. Merlin follows Aulfric to a lake, where he discovers that the father and daughter are Sidhes, former immortals who have lost their immortality, and that, to regain their powers, Arthur must be killed. When the couple elope Merlin follows them.
8 November 2008
When a druid boy's father is caught by the king's guards he sends out a telepathic call for help, which Merlin responds to and offers sanctuary. But under penalty of death to anyone harboring the boy, will Merlin be willing to put himself and his friends in mortal danger? And when Uther's dungeon dragon hints of dark prophecies linked to the boy, will Merlin then turn a blind eye?
Season 1, Episode 9: Excalibur15 November 2008
The Black Knight arrives to interrupt Arthur's coming-of-age celebrations and throws down the gauntlet to any knight who will fight him. He kills them all. Gaius discovers that he is Uther's dead brother-in-law, summoned from the grave by the witch Nimueh, and he is seeking revenge for the death of his sister, who died giving birth to Arthur. He intends to fight and kill the young prince. Merlin learns from the Great Dragon that only a special sword, burnished with the Dragon's fiery breath can kill the knight, and that sword is Excalibur. However, the Dragon tells Merlin that only Arthur can successfully wield it and Arthur has been drugged and locked in his room with his father preparing to take on the knight.
22 November 2008
Hearing that his village is being threatened by a warlord and his gang, Merlin travels home with Gwen, Morgana and Arthur, the latter doing his best to drill the peaceful villagers into a fighting force. Merlin's friend William is dismissive of Arthur's efforts, feeling they constitute egoism though he ultimately saves the young prince's life. Nonetheless the villagers are inexperienced in martial ways and Merlin must use magic and conjure up a wind-storm to help see off the bandits.
29 November 2008
Arthur and Merlin go hunting when they see a unicorn. Despite Merlin's protests Arthur kills the beautiful creature to bring the crass Uther its horn as an ornament. The foolish father and son ignore Gaius's warning that it is bad luck to kill a unicorn but soon the crops wither and the well water turns to sand.Then the mystic Anhora, guardian of the unicorns, arrives in Camelot to tell Arthur that his stupidity has cursed the land and he alone can lift that curse. This involves his learning much-needed humility and then riding to the Labyrinth of Gedref, where he will be tested. Merlin follows him but, by doing so, places both boys in danger and, unusually, it is Arthur who saves the day with a demonstration of selflessness, ultimately restoring the welfare of Camelot and the unicorn itself.
6 December 2008
Gwen's blacksmith father Tom is approached by Tauren, who possesses the alchemist's stone and wants Tom's help in turning base metal into gold - gold he intends using to overthrow the king. The palace guards raid the smithy and Tauren escapes but Tom is caught, sentenced to death for assisting sorcery, having been helped by Morgana. She is appalled by Uther's callousness and tells Tauren that she will help him in his plot, unaware that Merlin is listening. On the pretext of visiting the grave of her father, for whose death she blames Uther, she rides out with the king to lead him into Tauren's trap.
13 December 2008
A huge monster, the Questing Beast, is on the loose near Camelot, and Arthur, ignoring a warning from Morgana who has dreamed that it will kill him, is bitten by the creature before Merlin slays it. Arthur sinks into a coma and the Great Dragon tells Merlin he can only save him by traveling to the Isle of the Blessed. On arrival there Merlin meets the witch Nimueh, who gives him the antidote, water from the Cup of Life, but warns him that, to save Arthur's life, another must be sacrificed. Arthur drinks the water and recovers but Merlin discovers that the witch was not lying and that both his mother and Gaius are consequently endangered. This will lead to the greatest ever test of both his emotions and his magic powers as he returns for a last show-down with Nimueh.
19 September 2009
A treasure chamber is unearthed beneath Camelot,the centre-piece being the shining blue stone in the sarcophagus lid of Cornelius Sigan. Decades earlier Sigan was executed for sorcery and died vowing revenge.Greedy Cedric hears of the treasure and comes to Camelot. Learning that only Merlin and Arthur have keys to the vault he worms his way into the dim young prince's confidence and steals the keys, looting the chamber and stealing the stone. He is consequently possessed by Sigan's spirit, taking on his magic powers and animating gargoyles, which terrorize the city. In return for a promise that one day he will set him free, Merlin acquires extra powers from the Great Dragon and does battle with Cedric, saving Camelot once again. Given what has happened. however, Pendragon is more convinced than before that magic is only evil.
26 September 2009
Realising that jousting opponents always let him win because he is the Royal prince, Arthur pretends to leave court and enters the lists in disguise, to win on merit.He stays with Guinevere, who tells him some home truths about his arrogance and they kiss. Moorish assassin Myror, paid by neighbouring king Odin, whose son challenged a reluctant Arthur to a duel and lost, arrives at Camelot to kill the young prince. He enters the joust with a lance which has a dagger on its tip, but Merlin uses magic to defeat and kill Myror. Arthur has learned some humility by his experience but tells Guinevere that Pendragon would oppose any romance between them.
3 October 2009
When Morgana sets her room on fire in her sleep she realizes she has magic powers and Merlin, against the advice of Gaius and the dragon, sends her to seek advice from the Druids. Pendragon, believing she has been abducted, orders the deaths of all suspected magicians unless she is returned so Merlin goes after her, locating her in the Druid village, where chieftain Aglain tells her the truth but gives her confidence that magic can be used for good. However, Merlin must get her back to Camelot before Arthur and a vengeful search party catch up with them.
10 October 2009
Gwen is mistaken for Morgana and kidnapped. Arthur heads out to fight for her freedom.
24 October 2009
Part One:- An ugly old troll drinks a potion transforming her into the glamorous Lady Catrina, who arrives at Camelot with her servant Jonas. Gaius, who has met the real Catrina, and Merlin, who witnesses her true identity, are unable to convince bone-headed Pendragon of Catrina's real nature, especially when she bewitches him by giving him a magic pendant. Merlin attempts magic to expose her but she is too strong and it is too late to stop her marrying Pendragon and becoming the queen of Camelot.
31 October 2009
Merlin spies on the troll and steals the potion she uses to make her resemble Catrina, replacing it with a fake one made by Gaius. Consequently she turns back into a troll, in view of everybody, but Pendragon, still bewitched by her, fails to see this. Merlin learns that the only way to break the spell on him is to make him weep real tears. Thus Gaius prepares another potion, which Arthur drinks, and makes him appear to be dead. This does the trick and the king finally comes to his senses. Arthur kills the troll and Jonas and thanks Merlin for his efforts.
7 November 2009
In his determination to rule magic out of Camelot forever, Uther hires the services of Aredian, a terrifying witch hunter who is most feared due to the fact that he stops at nothing in the quest to uncover all and every kind of sorcery. Even though no one is under direct suspicion, several people in Camelot are afraid that the witch hunter could see straight through them: Morgana is worried that Uther might have her executed and Gaius is concerned for the fate of Merlin and his own, since caring for the young warlock is considered crime and treason. Will all three be able to escape a dreadful fate?
14 November 2009
When a mysterious warrior challenges Arthur to a duel, no one could possibly predict the devastating chain of events that is set in motion - least of all the young Prince himself. Arthur and Merlin soon find themselves on a strange quest at the behest of the beautiful Morgause. Through her, Arthur discovers a dark secret which threatens to bring about the downfall of the kingdom.
21 November 2009
Merlin saves a Druid girl from a bounty hunter's cage, but there is more to her than meets the eye.
28 November 2009
Rulers from the Five Kingdoms converge on Camelot for a peace conference , including King Olaf and his spoilt, over-protected daughter Vivian. King Alined is also present with his jester, the wizard Trickler, but he is a disruptive force who wants to cause discord between Olaf and Pendragon to gain the ultimate power for himself. To this end he gets Trickler to bewitch Vivian and Arthur so that they fall in love and incur the annoyance of Olaf, who challenges Arthur to a dual. This time it is down to Guinevere, rather than Merlin, to break the spell.
5 December 2009
Mordred brings a warlock, Alvarr, to see Morgana and they persuade her to steal a crystal with magical properties from the vaults of Camelot. Alvarr tells her it can be used to help people like themselves with special powers though he really intends to destroy Camelot. Merlin and Arthur pursue him, returning him and the crystal to court, though Mordred escapes and Morgana, having disowned Pendragon, springs Alvarr from prison by drugging the guards. Merlin,having looked into the crystal, is alarmed by a vision of chaos but Gaius assures him that it is far into the future.
12 December 2009
Using an incantation, Morgause revives the deadly knights of Medhir and, whilst Merlin and Arthur are the sole survivors of the party sent to beat the knights, Morgause uses Morgana to bewitch Camelot so that everybody except Morgana herself falls asleep, rendering the court defenceless when the knights approach, intent on killing Pendragon. Merlin learns from the Great Dragon that the only way to break the spell is to kill Morgana, so he uses her as his bargaining power to force Morgause to call off the attack. As a consequence he must honour his pledge to free the dragon.
19 December 2009
Morgana has gone with Morgause and the dragon, freed by Merlin, repeatedly attacks Camelot, causing huge fire damage. Only a dragon-lord is capable of containing the beast and Pendragon persecuted these men years earlier and only one still survives, Balinor, who lives like a hermit in a cave. Gaius, who helped him escape Camelot, tells Merlin this is his father and when Merlin and Arthur trace him, Merlin reveals himself to Balinor though they keep it from Arthur. Balinor agrees to come to Camelot to assist but there is further drama before Merlin proves himself to be his father's son and defeats the dragon.
11 September 2010
A year after her flight from Camelot, Morgana is found,dishevelled and bruised in the forest,claiming abduction by bandits. Superficially contrite and charming,she is still in league with Morghause,for whom she collects tears shed by Pendragon. These are used to curse him and fashion a doll from mandrake,which Morgana places under his bed.It slowly starts to drive him mad and, as he begins to hallucinate,seeing ghosts,Morghause approaches rival king Cenred to invade the weakened kingdom,having first taken Merlin prisoner. However Merlin summons the Great Dragon to come and free him.
18 September 2010
The Great Dragon returns Merlin to Camelot,where he convinces Gaius of Morgana's treachery and they break the curse on Pendragon by burning the mandrake doll. Nonetheless they feel that he would not believe them if they exposed her and,whilst Cenred's men lay siege to the castle, Morgana,using a rowan wood magic staff,creates an army of sword-wielding skeletons by magic to fight the knights inside Camelot. Merlin destroys the staff and the skeletons disintegrate and,as the tide turns in favour of Camelot,Cenred calls off the siege. Morgana,however,takes the credit for destroying the spell and is acclaimed by her foolish guardian.
25 September 2010
Merlin finds a secret chamber and accidentally releases a Goblin, which wreaks havoc.
Season 3, Episode 4: Gwaine2 October 2010
A heroic stranger causes trouble for Merlin after risking his life to save Arthur.
9 October 2010
Fleeing enemies Merlin and Arthur take refuge in the Crystal Cave where magician Taliesin cures the wounded Arthur and shows Merlin a vision of the future in which Morgana stabs a sleeping Pendragon. Come her birthday Morgana is given a dagger by Arthur and steals into the king's room,followed by Merlin,who uses magic to thwart her. She is temporarily put into a coma during which time Pendragon confides in Gaius that she is his natural daughter,a fact of which she is also aware. Gaius believes that Arthur should be told as now Morgana is a legitimate heir to throne and he stands in her way.
16 October 2010
Arthur is pressured into an arranged marriage with a visiting princess, Elena.
23 October 2010
Gwen faces an impossible dilemma when she is forced to choose between saving the lives of her estranged brother, Elyan, or Arthur.
30 October 2010
Arthur must journey alone to seek out an ancient magician, the Fisher King, and retrieve a golden trident to prove his right to the throne. Morgana gives him an amulet, the Eye of the Phoenix, which will weaken and kill him if worn for too long. Discovering this, Merlin sets out after him, collecting Gwaine, and they save the debilitated prince from two attacking wyverns, discarding the amulet. Arthur believes the quest is his but Merlin, separated from the others, meets the Fisher King, who tells him he is the chosen one. He gives him a bottle of water from the lake of Avalon to use if Camelot is in peril. The quest is accomplished but Guinevere has also discovered that Morgana is a baleful sorceress and confided in Gaius.
6 November 2010
A healer is in Camelot,using magic to heal the sick, and Gaius quickly realizes it is Alice, a woman whom he was about to marry many years earlier, until she had to flee from Pendragon's persecution of magicians. Now Gaius is happy to work with Alice again in preparing potions, but he is unaware that Alice is being controlled by a mythical monster, a manticore, which urges her to poison the cold-hearted king. To break the manticore's hold over Alice and ultimately save her from execution, Gaius has to perform the magic that he possessed but had forsaken long ago.
13 November 2010
When Morgana is tormented by dreams in which Guinevere becomes Queen of Camelot, Morgause encourages her to reveal Arthur and Gwen's courtship to Uther in the knowledge that he will do whatever it takes to stop his son from marrying a serving girl. As a result, Uther banishes Gwen from the kingdom forcing Arthur to make the ultimate sacrifice of leaving Camelot with her. Determined to stop the loving couple, Morgana frames Gwen for the scandalous crime of enchanting the Prince. With destiny once again at stake, Merlin will be compelled to risk everything to save Gwen from a gruesome death.
20 November 2010
Camelot's legendary tournament only has one rule: there are no rules whatsoever. Terrifying warriors start to fill the mythical city, Gilli amongst them. Despite his small stature, Gilli is ready to join the action and committed to achieve victory with a secret weapon to help him: magic. When Gilli begins to realize the full extent of his powers, Merlin becomes torn since his new friend is putting his own life in danger as well as threatening the very heart of Camelot with his actions. Will Merlin be able to make Gilli see sense before it's too late?
27 November 2010
SPOILERS DIVULGE PLOT HETRE! Sole survivor of an attack by Cenred's army,Sir Leon is nursed back to health by druids,using the cup of life,the supposed bestower of immortality on all who drink from it.Arthur and Merlin are sent to fetch it and,after a run-in with slave traders, escape,along with Gwaine and locate the druids who give them the cup.They are, however, ambushed by Cenred's men who steal the cup from them. Having killed Cenred,Morgause uses the vessel to take over his army,making them immortal so that,by the time the boys have returned to Camelot,the court has been invaded by a seemingly invincible force and Morgana has made herself its queen.
4 December 2010
The new queen of Camelot proves to be far crueller than Pendragon,who is made to watch from his dungeon as she slaughters innocents. Guinevere helps Sir Leon escape from prison to join her brother Elyan,Gaius,Merlin,Arthur and Gwaine who are hiding in the woods. Soldiers follow but they are saved by Lancelot and a youth of immense strength,Percival. Merlin looks into the waters of Avalon in the phial given him by the Fisher King,which directs him to Excalibur,the sword which will defeat the enemy. The fugitives find a round table,around which they movingly declare allegiance to each other and Arthur knights all the young men - except,of course Merlin,though Lancelot,aware of his powers,tells Merlin he is the bravest of them all. The group launch their invasion of Camelot,which gives Gaius his finest hour as the sisters are routed,largely due to Merlin's use of Excalibur. However,he replaces the sword in a rock until it can be used again.
1 October 2011
Morgana takes the dying Morgause to the Isle of the Blessed where she unwittingly tears the veil to the spirit world, unleashing the Dorocha, invisible ghosts that begin to attack the kingdom. At Camelot, where a weakened Pendragon has given over much of his rule to his scheming brother Agravaine, Merlin senses what is happening but finds his magic inadequate to stop it. As Camelot fills with refugees Gaius reasons that, as one death opened the portal, only another will close it. Arthur offers himself as the sacrifice and travels to the Isle of the Blessed with Merlin and a group of young knights. Here, after Arthur has finally praised him for his bravery Merlin appears to have a fatal encounter with one of the Dorocha.
8 October 2011
The kingdom is on the brink of collapse, with Morgana poised to strike. As Lancelot races back to Camelot with the dying Merlin, Arthur must continue on his mission to vanquish the Dorocha without them. Though the Knights know their journey to the Isle of the Blessed is fraught with danger, none could anticipate the sacrifice Arthur intends to make there. Friendship and loyalty are tested to the limit, but in the end, it is the power of love that changes all their lives forever.
15 October 2011
The mighty citadel is buzzing in anticipation of the prince's birthday celebrations. But Arthur's old adversary, Odin, promises to ensure this is one party Camelot will never forget. For amongst the assembling guests lurks a deadly assassin, set to strike. As the dust settles, Camelot is left devastated. But just how far is Merlin prepared to go to put things right? Would he really risk everything and reveal his secret?
Season 4, Episode 4: Aithusa22 October 2011
The mysterious Julius Borden arrives in Camelot with news of a magical secret that threatens to change the landscape of the kingdom forever. He has located the final part of the key to the tomb of Ashkanar, an ancient mausoleum which holds a very special treasure: the last remaining dragon's egg. Merlin is understandably drawn in by Borden's news, and promises to help him. But just who is the enigmatic stranger and, more importantly, what does he really want with the egg?
29 October 2011
Arthur faces his first true test as King when he incurs the wrath of the formidable Queen Annis. With the lives of thousands hanging in the balance, Arthur must find the strength to be his own man and become the leader Camelot so desperately needs.
5 November 2011
When Merlin falls into Morgana's hands, he becomes a deadly weapon in her fight for supremacy. Using ancient magic, she pits friend against friend to create the perfect assassin. An oblivious Arthur is in great danger. Will anyone notice Merlin's unusual behaviour before he does the king some serious harm?
12 November 2011
Following her defeat by Emrys, Morgana joins forces with the the wizard Alator and kidnaps Gaius in an effort to find out more about her arch-enemy.
Season 4, Episode 8: Lamia19 November 2011
When the menfolk of Guinevere's home village fall victim to a mysterious illness Gaius sends Merlin, along with Guinevere and the knights, to cure them but they are side-tracked by a waif-like girl, Lamia. Only Merlin and Guinevere suspect, rightly, that she is a witch and soon the knights fall under her spell, succumbing to the same sickness. Arthur rides out with Gaius, who has realized the girl's secret, but will they rescue Merlin and Guinevere or can Merlin defeat Lamia without revealing his magic powers?
26 November 2011
Learning from Agravaine that Arthur plans to wed Guinevere Morgana uses necromancy to revive Lancelot though he has no proper recollection of his past life and, grateful to Morgana, returns to Camelot to seduce the future queen. Guinevere resists, until she is presented with an enchanted bracelet supplied by Morgana for Lancelot to give her. The two meet in secret and are observed by Arthur. Merlin, suspicious of events, convinces Gaius of how the knight was resurrected but can they stop Arthur from banishing Guinevere and Lancelot from being put to death?
3 December 2011
The knights come across a shrine built on a site where druids were massacred and a thirsty Elyan inadvertently desecrates it by drinking from its well. As a result he is possessed by a spectral boy, who tells him his ghost can only rest if the perpetrator of the massacre is slain and bewitches him into trying to kill Arthur, the son of Pendragon, who murdered druids. After a bungled effort Elyan is pursued by Merlin and Arthur back to the shrine where a surprise revelation leads to some hope for the restoration of the old ways.
10 December 2011
As Arthur celebrates his engagement to Princess Mithian to unite their countries the banished Guinevere witnesses a raid on her village by war-lord Helios and afterwards overhears him plotting with Morgana to invade Camelot. They will enter the stronghold through the siege tunnels, plans of which have been given them by Agravaine. She escapes to inform Merlin but refuses to see Arthur, who inevitably disbelieves his uncle's treachery when told of the plot. However he still has feelings for Guinevere and calls off his engagement to Mithian.
17 December 2011
As Morgana's forces capture Camelot,Arthur at last comes to see his uncle's treachery. He is reluctant to flee but Arthur bewitches him into escaping with him, making him temporarily lose his memory and dressing him as a peasant. Elyan, Gaius, and Gwaine are taken prisoner though Morgana is impressed by Gwaine's performance in a trial by combat. Separated from Leon and Percival Merlin and Arthur fall in with a pair of smugglers, Tristan and Isolde, after which Merlin restores the young king's memory to reveal his identity to the couple. The quartet escape to Ealdor, Merlin's village, where a wounded Arthur is nursed by Guinevere, but Agravaine and his army are closing in on them.
24 December 2011
Merlin summons the dragon to vanquish the pursuers and uses his magic to kill Agravaine. Hiding in the woods with Guinevere, Tristan, and Isolde, Arthur confesses his self-doubt to Merlin and feels he has failed his subjects. But Merlin proves to him that he is worthy to be king by getting him to extract the legendary sword from its stone. In front of Leon and Percival and many other fugitives from the court Arthur accomplishes the feat, inspiring them to claim back Camelot by entering through the same siege tunnels and freeing the prisoners. Finally Camelot will be reclaimed after magic and sacrifice and Guinevere will be proclaimed its queen.
6 October 2012
Arthur has been king for three years without incident but now an expedition to the land of Ismere led by Gwaine and Percival is captured by Morgana and fellow sorcerer Ruadan and set to work in the mines to locate a mystical key. A search party headed by Arthur and Merlin goes after them, coming upon a village whose inhabitants have been massacred, a dying druid warning Merlin of Arthur's bane - a battle where the young king will be slain. Ruadan's daughter Sefa is a spy working as Guinevere's maid, who tells her father that Arthur's army is heading for Ismere through his ally Queen Annis's land. The group is ambushed and Merlin and Arthur captured by Mordred, whom Merlin recognizes from the prophecy as being Arthur's killer.
13 October 2012
Ruadan rescues his daughter but is fatally wounded in the process. Merlin and Arthur are route-marched to Morgana's wintry hide-out. Mordred shows them some kindness but Merlin mistrusts him. However Merlin and Arthur escape and arrive in the mines below the castle, where they free all the slaves, helped by a spirit called the Euchdag, who is herself the Diamar, the key which Morgana is seeking. Mordred saves Arthur from Morgana's attempt to kill him and is rewarded with a knighthood on the return to Camelot, the Euchdag having told Merlin that Arthur's bane is Arthur himself and not Mordred.
20 October 2012
Arthur rescues an old lady accused of sorcery, who gives him a horn with which to summon the spirit world. Despite Gaius's warning he uses it to briefly revive his father but soon realises his error as Pendragon terms him weak for his non-political marriage, practice of knighting ordinary young men on merit and lack of cruelty to make his subjects fear him. When Camelot falls prey to poltergeist attacks, with Guinevere the principal victim, it becomes clear that Arthur has unwittingly released his disapproving, vengeful father's spirit on the court. With a potion made by Gaius and helped by Merlin he must turn the spirit into an apparition and return it to the grave, delivering a few home truths to it before it goes.
27 October 2012
Princess Mithian arrives in Camelot with her waiting woman Hilda asking Arthur help rescue her father king Rodor who is hiding from Odin, the man who killed Uther Pendragon. But Rodor is actually Odin's prisoner and Hilda is a disguised Morgana, controlling Mithian with an enchanted bangle, aiming to lead Arthur into a trap. As the rescue party sets out Mithian warns Merlin of Hilda's true identity but Morgana knocks Merlin out and the others continue, leaving Merlin with Gaius, who brings him round. With Arthur and most of his knights captive Merlin must use magic to effect a rescue and also help Arthur do the right thing afterwards.
Season 5, Episode 5: The Disir3 November 2012
Osgar, a sorcerer who has killed one of Arthur's knights and is in turn slain, gives the king a runemark from the Disir, a trio of priestesses for the gods of the Old Religion, urging Arthur to allow magic or face the fatal consequences. Arthur and his men go to meet the Disir and Mordred is wounded, apparently fatally, saving Arthur's life when the women attack. Arthur begs for Mordred's life and is told that the price he must pay is to legalise sorcery and embrace the Old Religion. Advised by Merlin, who is aware of the prophecy and Mordred's role in it, Arthur refuses but when they return to Camelot they are in for a surprise and for Merlin not a pleasant one.
10 November 2012
After visiting her father's grave Guinevere is captured by Morgana and imprisoned in a tower haunted by ghostly visions and screams. Merlin and Arthur lead the knights in a rescue mission but get lost in a thick forest though Mab, the fairy queen, appears to Merlin and shows him how to guide the others through it. Arriving at the tower they save Guinevere but Mab has told Merlin that one of the party will die and she is right. Guinevere is also a changed woman due to a spell cast by Morgana.
17 November 2012
After Arthur is unseated from his horse his saddle is shown to have been tampered with and stable groom Tyr Seward blamed and imprisoned. He tells Merlin he saw the true culprit but was told his mother would die if he informed on them. The actual saboteur, Guinevere enchanted by Morgana, kills Tyr and Arthur realises too late his innocence but in the meantime Guinevere has poisoned Arthur and Merlin must use magic to save him. To cover herself Guinevere summonses the apothecary from whom Morgana purchased the poison to pass onto her and Morgana is seen as the would-be assassin though Merlin has his suspicions about Guinevere.
24 November 2012
Earnest young druid Daegal begs Merlin to come to his village and save his dying sister but the boy leads him into a trap and he ends up being left to die by Morgana. Arthur meanwhile is hosting the ruthless Sarrum of Amata, with whom he plans to form an alliance. However, with Merlin deliberately out of the way the bewitched Guinevere appeals to the Sarrum's lust for power and persuades him to assassinate Arthur on the promise of being given a share of the kingdom. He accepts though he plans to kill her too. A guilt-ridden Daegal returns to save Merlin and they make it back to Camelot in time to thwart the assassination though there are several casualties. Merlin is more determined than ever to discover the cause of Guinevere's unnatural actions.
1 December 2012
Merlin relays his suspicions to Arthur and they shadow Guinevere as she goes to meet Morgana. Merlin learns from ancient priestess the Dochraid that the spell on the queen can be broken if she willingly enters the pool known as the Cauldron of Arianrhod, whilst a sorcerer makes an incantation. Thus Arthur drugs his wife and, along with Merlin, takes her to the Cauldron - followed by a suspicious Mordred, who, unbeknown to the others, uses his own magical powers to thwart Morgana. At the Cauldron Merlin vanishes and reappears, thanks to a sex-changing spell, as an old sorceress, the Dolna. Arthur gets Guinevere to recall their old love and join him in the pool of her own volition where, coupled with Merlin's words, the curse is lifted. In character as the Dolna Merlin reminds the grateful Arthur that, as a reward, he should recognize that magic can be used for good. On the return journey to Camelot Mordred implies to Merlin that, unlike the blinkered Arthur, he knew the true identity of the Dolna.
8 December 2012
Morgana captures Alator, her former ally who later sided with Arthur, in order to find out the identity of the legendary magician known to the Druids as Emrys - as she is still unaware that this is Merlin. Merlin is approached by a mysterious woman, Finna, who warns him of danger and asks him to meet her at the temple of Erui. Though she is sent by Alator Gaius suspects a trap and sends knights to follow Merlin, though he escapes with Finna. She gives him a box and warns him against Mordred before willingly sacrificing herself to divert the pursuing Morgana. Back at Camelot Merlin and Gaius open the box, which contains a prophecy of an imminent great battle. Shortly afterwards a declaration of war by Morgana arrives.
15 December 2012
When Mordred helps Kara, a wounded druid with whom he was once in love, Merlin finds out but agrees to keep it secret. Later Kara tries to kill Arthur and is sentenced to death, Arthur turning down Mordred's pleas for mercy. Mordred uses magic to help Kara escape but they are recaptured and Kara is executed - Merlin rightly fearing that this will make Mordred more determined to destroy Arthur. And sure enough Mordred flees and goes to see Morgana, revealing to her that Emrys is Merlin.
22 December 2012
Morgana sends a carrier to Camelot with a giant slug, which attacks Merlin and robs him of his magic. As Morgana and Mordred prepare their onslaught on the kingdom Arthur leads an army out to meet them but Merlin travels to the Crystal Cave, where, inspired by an apparition of his father, he regains his powers and, in his guise as an old man, hurries to meet Arthur and join battle.
24 December 2012
With Arthur's forces outnumbered Merlin arrives in his guise as the aged sorcerer to defeat Morgana's army with magic. Arthur kills Mordred but is wounded and rescued by Merlin, who reveals that he is a wizard. Arthur is initially hostile but, advised by Gaius, allows Merlin to take him to the healing lake of Avalon. On the journey Arthur comes to appreciate everything Merlin has ever done for him and eyes him with a new respect, even softening in his attitude to magic. But Morgana is pursuing them. Can they make it to Avalon ahead of her?
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